Despite roles in “The Expendables” films, “The Last Stand” and “Maggie,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s big Hollywood comeback has stumbled with such films as “Sabotage” and “Terminator Genisys” and his brief tenure as host of “The Apprentice.” However, the action-movie icon isn’t about to give up, with long-discussed sequels to “Conan the Barbarian” and “Twins” reportedly still in the works, and another “Terminator” installment even a possibility. And the 69-year-old actor wouldn’t turn down a chance to return to another franchise: Batman.
Schwarzenegger memorably starred as Mr. Freeze in “Batman & Robin,” the 1997 Joel Schumacher film that placed George Clooney in the cape and cowl, introduced Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and brought the hit Warner Bros. series to a screeching halt. As the blue-skinned Victor Fries, Schwarzenegger froze opponents and chewed scenery while spouting horrible icy puns like “Let’s kick some ice,” “Stay cool, birdboy” and “You’re not sending me to the cooler!” But those aren’t even the worst.
Twenty years later, the actor says he’d be open to suiting up as a villain in another Batman film. Or, from the sounds of it, any superhero film.
“Absolutely!,” Schwarzenegger told Fandago. “I think all of those movies, if they’re written well, they’re entertaining. If it’s Batman or Batman and Robin, or X-Men or Spider-Man — all of them. If they’re written well, they have a great life. People enjoy them, and you can see the grosses that they make worldwide. So, yes, of course I would.”
Considering “Batman & Robin’s” cold, dark place in the history of the franchize, Schwarzenegger is probably no more likely to receive a call from Warner Bros. than is Schumacher, who has made peace with the film, and its infamous Batsuit nipples. “I think that will be on my gravestone,” the director said in 2014. “It’s how I’ll be remembered.”
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